Math, my eternal bane  

rm_Almondnut 42F
318 posts
8/24/2005 8:49 pm

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Math, my eternal bane

Math, my eternal bane has come back to haunt me. I can see now that this required class is going to take up hours and hours of my time. Time which I'd rather spend on throwing, sculpting, or getting my grad school portfolio.

I considered dropping the class, but I just can't. I must pass it and if I don't make it this first try, at least I'll have next semester. If I push it back to my last semester, I don't have a safety net of time.

This is going to suck. I mean royally suck. This is going to suck worse than any previous semester.

Plano69 54M

9/7/2005 10:01 pm

Sometimes, it just takes attitude.
Some of the ways in which math began to change from bad to good in my attitude was when I realized how important it was to art... I'm no math whiz but one day I watched a contest where these kids had to design a popsicle stick bridge to sustain this huge weight... Another part of the contest involved a popsicle stick cage that would prevent an egg from breaking when dropped...
Then I happened to watch a show about art and how lack of knowledge in math contributed to the ruination and/or destruction of works of art... from wonderful architectural buildings collapsing, or leaning over, or statues whose arms fell off...
Then when I was at the local art museum, I happened to watched a film where an artist had designed a large statue, but it was left to engineers to build it and make it work. That made me wonder who the "real" artist was. The person who thought up the idea and drew a few designs and sketches, or the amazing engineers who turned the idea into reality... I never became a math whiz, but I now appreciate what it can do for us and art. And once I began to appreciate it more, it became less of a burden and struggle... Not only that, but learning the basic concepts made me invest my money, though that's another story... LOL!

That being said...
I just wish that more people would realize the reverse, that math and science need art just as much. Art affects the way we see, think, feel, act... and it inspires everyone, not just other Artists. Art has inspired cures, marvels, literature, breakthroughs... I'm know it has definitely inspired math... I guess what I'm trying to say is that they are all intermixed, and putting up a mental block against it may actually hinder you from your true creative potential... (Angelic music... 4/4 time?). Okay, maybe we don't really need to know what Picasso was doing with cubism, or Michelangelo with his platforms to reach a ceiling... or how Beethoven wrote music when he was deaf... but I have a feeling a time will come when you appreciate learning the very concepts you now hate so much... LOL! (Anyway, hang in there!!).

BOBnROSE4BiFem 61M/48F
3 posts
9/25/2005 7:02 pm

Hello Almondnut,

Hang in there. I once was where you are now. I promise it does get better. You might need to seek help from a tutor. Just don't ever give up. The struggle through the tough classes prepares us for the realities of life. Each stuggle becomes easier.

Good Luck,

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